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future organic farmer grant fund is open for grant applications

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Let your future organic farmers know. The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods, and National Cooperative Grocers Association will be making grants in three educational categories in 2014. Categories and requirements are:

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade:
Grants for in-classroom organic projects in California
$1,000 grants available for 10 schools

High School:
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally
$1,000 grants available for 10 individuals

Vocational and Higher Education:
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants available for at least 10 individuals

 

To learn more visit the website. http://www.ccof.org/ccof/structure/ccof-foundation/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund


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summer leadership summit: native youth in agriculture

Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 21 – July 25Zea_mays

Join us for the Native Youth in Agriculture Summit and become a part of the next generation of food and agriculture leaders throughout Indian Country. Fifty selected students will travel to Fayetteville to participate in a week long education and leadership summit designed to provide comprehensive training in the legal and business complexities unique to Indian Country land and agriculture.

Students will engage in classroom and leadership learning, participate in cultural activities, and receive specialized legal and land use education appropriate only to Native farmers and ranchers. All food, lodging, and instructional materials will be provided. Competitive travel scholarships to the University are available.

Deadline for application materials: May 15, 2014 (begin submitting your application now so that your space can be held).  For more information, click HERE

 


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uvm farmer training

They’ve still got a few spots open!  Here’s the scoop:ftp

If this epic winter has you plotting your next moves in sustainable farming, you are in luck. The UVM Farmer Training Program has a few spots left for 2014 and the final application deadline is March 21. Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

Learn more:

Farmer Training Website: http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-training/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UVMFarmerTraining
Food Feed Blog: http://learn.uvm.edu/foodsystemsblog/
Contact: farmer@uvm.edu or (802) 656-8657

Best,

Susie and the UVM Farmer Training Team


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hub camp: the nuts and bolts of local food distribution

LocalOrbitLos Angeles, CA: Mar. 16 – 18, 2014
Davis, CA: Apr. 27-29, 2014

Practical training for the entrepreneurs and organizations building the New Food Economy.  

Walk away from Hub Camp with a 6-month action plan to hit the ground running!
An action-oriented approach to learning, launching and adapting as you grow your local food system.

  • Business Model Mapping.
  • Operations and Service Design.
  • Work through your unique challenges with farmer development, wholesale buyer education, finance, food safety, logistics, operations and storytelling.
  • Three hands-on days with experienced operators who have launched and managed supply chain businesses.
  • To maximize impact attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Click HERE to learn more and apply


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rogue farm corps

this training program is still accepting applications for the coming season. 

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Think you want to be a farmer?
Join Rogue Farm Corps in Training the Next Generation of Farmers. 
Applications are still open for our 2014 programs.

FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, FarmsNext combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon’s scenic Rogue and South Willamette Valleys.

For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit our website:http://roguefarmcorps.org


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farmer training program – oregon

ImageFarmsNOW is an advanced program for aspiring farmers with a minimum of two years prior experience. FarmsNOW is designed for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. This two-year program will dig deep into planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. Intern candidates must have 2-3 years of prior vegetable production experience, a deep commitment to learning, a willingness to commit two years to the program, and strong farm references.  Spanish language skills are highly recommended.  A personal visit and interview with Blue Fox Farm is required. Continue reading


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scaling up

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Starting this January, Scaling Up will bring together a group of 6-18 farmers with about 4 -7 years of experience who are seeking to grow their operations and plan for long-term viability.  Participants convene for a series of two-day sessions hosted at the Copake Agricultural Center in Copake, NY, in which they will refine business and production plans and learn from fellow farmers and educators. Continue reading


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uvm farmer training

Though the tomatoes and melons of this season are still in full force and the fall bounty is yet to come, it is time to daydream about 2014. The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until October Farmer_Apprentice-77LR31 for early admission to the 2014 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled.) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

To learn more, visit our Farmer Training Website, follow us on Facebook, read about Food Systems work at UVM on our Food Feed Blog, or go old school and contact us at farmer@uvm.edu or (802) 656-8657

Best,

Susie and the Farmer Training Team


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online courses from NE beginning farmers

Terrific offerings and a guide to choosing which courses are best for you.

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With the growing season at its peak, it’s hard to believe that the “down” season is just a couple months away. Use that slow season wisely to continue your farming education with a selection of 12 online courses. Registration is open now and some courses fill quickly, so be sure to check them out soon!


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late summer/fall apprenticeships

If you’ve been reading our blog all summer and dreaming of getting  your hands in the soil, consider applying to MOFGA’s apprenticeship program.

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NOW is a great time to apprentice on a farm in Maine. Many of the farms participating in MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program are looking for fun, hard-working and energetic crew members for the months of August, September and October. With an increase in the number of fall CSAs and winter markets Maine farmers are extending their seasons and are able to offer longer season apprenticeships.  The MOFGA Apprenticeship program is an excellent way to learn by doing. Farms in the program include vegetable, livestock and dairy operations and range in scale from homestead and farmstead production to market gardens and commercial operations- so what ever interests you have- there is an apprentice situation for you. The program includes weekly Farm Training Projects that run through mid-September. These topic specific weekly gatherings supplement on-farm training and are a great way to meet other apprentices. For more information about MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program, Farm Training Project and to apply please visit www.mofga.org > programs > apprenticeship or call the MOFGA Office 207-568-4142.


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CSA expert exchange online conference

csaCSA Expert Exchange online conference hosted by Small Farm Central on March 15, 2013 !
For more details, see the CSA_ExpertExchange_release.
Be sure to check out the “New Farmer Scholarships” being offered to new and beginning farmers.  For more information on that:  http://www.csafarmconference.com/new-farmer-scholarships


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organic farm school

another interesting opportunity in Washington State.

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Interested in becoming an Organic Farmer? Join our Organic Farm School program!

Located in Washington State, the Organic Farm School (OFS) trains aspiring farmers to run successful, ecological and community-focused farms and uses its eight-acre organic farm as a real-world example and outdoor classroom. During the full-time, 7.5-month residential program, students spend one third of their time attending weekly classes and field trainings, studying a university-developed farming and marketing curriculum, going on bi-weekly field trips and engaging in independent research projects, including the writing of a personal farm business plan. Students spend the balance of their time co-managing the OFS farm which focuses on market-scale production of organic vegetables, seed crops and cover crops with berries, poultry, goats and bees incorporated as well. Through this balance of academic and experiential studies, students learn and experience all aspects of starting and running a small scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. With this skill and knowledge base, graduates are able to minimize their risk and maximize their success as they enter the growing field of sustainable agricultural producers!

For more information, please visit our website at http://greenbankfarm.biz/farm-school/. Or contact:

Sebastian Aguilar, Training Director
Greenbank Farm Ag Training Center
765 Wonn Rd, A-201, Greenbank, WA, 98253
360-222-3171
www.greenbankfarm.com

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